By Tim Kowols
After having their case dismissed by the United States Supreme Court, Wisconsin Democrats are looking to a recent North Carolina decision as new life for their partisan gerrymandering battle. According to the Washington Post, a panel of three federal judges ruled North Carolina’s congressional districts were drawn to unfairly benefit Republicans over Democrats and suggested new boundaries should be established before the November elections. It is familiar territory for Wisconsin Democrats as this happened with their case in 2016 before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the plaintiffs had not proven their case this past June. Jay Heck of Common Cause Wisconsin says the North Carolina decision does give hope that fairly drawn maps are still possible.
According to the Brennan Center for Justice, nine states are looking to address redistricting reform through either ballot initiatives or legislative efforts.